Kampala — Police officers and their families are stranded after they were evicted and their self-help businesses destroyed in what police authorities said was a plan to decongest barracks.
However, the affected officers told Daily Monitor yesterday the eviction could be a 'punishment' for the choices they made during the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.
Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, performed better than other candidates, including Mr Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement at polling stations near police barracks.
However, police spokesman Fred Enanga dismissed the claims, saying the evictions were not specific to any barracks but were cutting across with the view of reorganising accommodation of police specialised units.
"The decongestion isn't only in Naguru or Nsambya police barracks, but in most of our barracks countrywide," he said yesterday.
According to the 2010 Police Statistical Abstract, police can only accommodate 49 per cent of their residential personnel which means each unit is occupied by two families.
Since 2010, police numbers have increased by 15,000 officers yet housing units haven't.
Due to the shortage, the Force allowed individual officers to establish their own accommodation units within the barracks and families of these police officers, who have since been transferred to other places, are also being evicted.
In the evictions that started at the weekend in city barracks, officers from Field Force Police destroyed kiosks and businesses owned by police officers within Naguru barracks that accommodates more than 10,000 officers.
Others affected were civilians living in the barracks, officers who have stayed in the same barracks for more than 15 years, and widows or widowers of deceased police officers.